My Father has been doing an amazing work in me over the last 3 or so years. I have battled with depression and anxiety for more years than I care to count. My journey of healing started with a phrase…
Michael Hyatt says:
“The practice of goal-setting is not just helpful; it is a prerequisite for happiness. Psychologists tell us that people who make consistent progress toward meaningful goals live happier more satisfied lives than those who don’t..” ~Michael Hyatt
But there is another thing that you will notice about the New Year. This #OneWord thing has taken over social media and the blogging world. Why? There are two reasons I think:
One, choosing #OneWord for the year helps to direct our focus in our goal setting. If we have a word like Debbie Kitterman did (advance), then we set our goals based on what we want to advance in our life over the year. You can read about all that she accomplished in that “advance” year here.
Two, it helps us to really focus on areas of our life where God is leading us to change or grow. So if you look at Jessica @ Overwhelmed to Fulfilled and her amazing word of the year, “surrender”, you will see that she will be working all year on learning to surrender all things to the Father! So beautiful! Read her post here.
For Christian woman I feel that both of these are great. We must be careful and make sure that our #OneWord is God chosen and that we follow His leading.
My Father has been doing an amazing work in me over the last 3 or so years. I have battled with depression and anxiety for more years than I care to count.
My journey of healing started with a phrase, given to me from God through my husband, Jesse.
I sat with my head in his lap, sobbing over yet another huge blow from troubles with my oldest son. Jesse took a pen and wrote on my hand, “You are loved.”
I read it, and cried even harder! It was as if my eyes were opened and the love of my husband and the love of God just washed over me. I had lived in doubt of this love, but in that moment, I knew…
They both truly loved me!
It was life changing for me. The struggle was not over. I did not wash that part of my hand for days, keeping the reminder close. I spent a year and a half repeating those words to myself, and still have to remind myself of this from time to time. But Oh the change that it has made in my life to accept God’s abundant love for me!
So God had chosen my word for me, and I lived in those words.
The creative heart in me longs to have it tattooed on the inside of my wrist, never to be forgotten again. Alas, the chicken in me can not go through with it!
My One Word for 2018
When a friend and I were talking about her one word for 2018, I was thinking about how awesome God is. You see, He had me focused on being “loved” for over a year. I figured I would stay there, but He had more work for me, little did I know.
On my birthday back in September, I went to our unfinished back deck to pray. I chose a spot right where I could feel the warm sun on my face. All day I had felt His amazing presence, and now was no different. I began praying. Thanking Him for the amazing day and all of our blessings, for showing me His love, and giving me so much joy and peace. I thanked Him for His presence for the day and all of the unmerited favor showed towards me.
As we talked I felt Him really press my heart with something that He has been subtly working on for the last few months…
God had been making me secure in His love and the love of my husband for a purpose. What was that purpose? He wants me to stop living in fear! “Perfect love casts out fear.” (I John 4:18). It is time to rest in that love and stop being so full of fear, worry, and anxiety.
So for as long as He has me in this place. I will be working on being fearless. Am I fearful? Heck yes! I have no clue where this will lead and that is a little terrifying!
So what will this look like for me? How am I going to put this into practice?
- Study and mark verses on Fear
- Read 1 book per month (This month is Fearless by Max Lucado)
- Disappear fearful thoughts
- Face fears at His leading
- Recognize “the fear of rejection” that stops me from doing something
- Pray and spend quiet time with God
Facing my fears is not something that I can do on my own. I need to trust God, and to follow His lead.
But I want to be silly with my guys without fear of rejection (them laughing at me). To step out of my introverted shell and make new experiences. To go where He leads, because for way too long I have been crippled by fear. For too long I have missed opportunities and experiences because I was scared.
I want to remember that no matter what, God’s got this. I mean, I was never in control anyway, right?
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